1. How did FlexJobs start, and how big is it now?
When Sara Sutton Fell was pregnant with her first child in 2007, she found herself laid off from a VP position and looking for flexible telecommuting work that would allow her to pursue her professional passions while being there for her growing family. She did freelance work for a time, but her job search for
flexible work was frustrating and she was amazed at the overwhelming number of scams in the work at home niche. The experience inspired her to found FlexJobs, and since then, Sara has grown FlexJobs into an award winning career website that helps job seekers find jobs that offer work-life balance.
Since 2007, FlexJobs has helped over 450,000 job seekers in their quest for more flexible jobs, and has become the leading service of its kind. Sara has also
grown her team from two people to 28 home-based professionals throughout 12
states and Europe. She is thrilled that her own experience is now helping
thousands of job seekers that helps find jobs that offer work-life balance. Sara
and FlexJobs have been featured by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning
America, Forbes, and many other outlets to share expertise in the online job
2. What is your purpose or mission?
At FlexJobs, we make the experience of a job search better, easier, faster, and safer. We weed through the junk that comes with job searching - especially when you are searching for a telecommuting, part-time, freelance, or flextime job. We weed through the too-good-to-be-true "business opportunities", ads, broken links, repetitive postings, and scams - so you don't have to.
3. Where do you find your job postings?
Our team of educated, trained researchers scour hundreds of online job resources looking for the professional, legitimate job opportunities that offer the work-life balance that so many are looking for.
4. How many people use your site? What's your typical demographic?
FlexJobs has helped over 450,000 job seekers find more flexible jobs since 2007. Currently, we have nearly 45,000 resumes in our database of professionals looking for workplace flexibility for a variety of reasons. Parents looking for a better balance for their families, people with health issues or disabilities, those caring for elderly family members - they all want and need flexible jobs.
5. How could using your site help someone who is looking for a flexible job? Do you have any tips?
Again, we have combed through a lot of garbage to find the legitimate, professional opportunities available in the world of flexible work. Giving people the piece of mind that they are looking through real jobs is very helpful. The best tips I would give is to spend time on your resume and profile, take the skills tests, read the blog...use every tool we give you to get the most from your subscription. It all helps! We have heard as much from dozens of successful job seekers who write in and share their stories with us.
6. Do you have any success stories you'd like to share?
There are so many great stories! One of my favorites came from a dad in Ohio. He wrote, "I've been looking for a more flexible job for a while because my son is
in the autism spectrum. During the month take him to many appointments that
drain my vacation, personal, and sick leave. Within days of subscribing to
Flexjobs I found a job posting that seemed to fit my skill set. I applied and
completed the interview process and background check within a month. Flexjobs made this possible. Thanks."
7. Do you think flexible jobs are on the increase? If so, what do think is causing this trend? Will this make it easier to find jobs in the future?
We do see the number of flexible jobs increasing. Despite the very public
discussion of companies like Yahoo! and Best Buy changing their telecommuting
policies, several more large companies are making huge strides in the area,
including PriceWaterhouseCoopers, ADP, American Express, UPS, Xerox and Sodexo.
As more workers seek out flexible jobs and more companies commit to creating
policies and procedures to make it work - it will definitely make it easier for
people to find them. The flip side is that scammers are always finding new and
creative ways to trick people. Job seekers will need to remain very diligent in